Your Preferred 6 String Bass Neck For Fingerstyle?

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Your Preferred 6 String Bass Neck For Fingerstyle (Multiple Answers):

  1. String Spacing: Less than 16 mm

    13 vote(s)
    9.2%
  2. String Spacing: 16 mm

    15 vote(s)
    10.6%
  3. String Spacing: 16.5 mm

    24 vote(s)
    17.0%
  4. String Spacing: 17 mm

    20 vote(s)
    14.2%
  5. String Spacing: 17.5 mm

    23 vote(s)
    16.3%
  6. String Spacing: 18 mm

    32 vote(s)
    22.7%
  7. String Spacing: 18.5 mm

    19 vote(s)
    13.5%
  8. String Spacing: 19 mm

    49 vote(s)
    34.8%
  9. String Spacing: Greater than 19 mm

    9 vote(s)
    6.4%
  10. Board Radius: Round (12" or Less)

    17 vote(s)
    12.1%
  11. Board Radius: Slightly Round (12" to 21")

    38 vote(s)
    27.0%
  12. Board Radius: Slightly Flat (21" to 30")

    46 vote(s)
    32.6%
  13. Board Radius: Flat (30" or More)

    20 vote(s)
    14.2%
  14. Neck Thickness: Thick

    16 vote(s)
    11.3%
  15. Neck Thickness: Thin

    57 vote(s)
    40.4%
  16. Neck Thickness: In between

    41 vote(s)
    29.1%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Matthew_84

    Matthew_84

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    I think everyone wants their 6 string bass neck to be fast yet comfortable. They don't want their hand to cramp, or hurt, but they want to be able to play as fluidly as possible, and there seems to be a pretty fine line in between.

    Everyone is different, but I'd like to know what is approximately the norm.

    Please fill out the poll/survey above. You can select multiple answers, and preferably, you would select your favourite string spacing (at the bridge), fingerboard radius, and neck thickness (from back to the fretboard - as width would be determined by string spacing and radius).

    Please feel free to also provide any comments you have, and why you prefer what you prefer (ie 16mm spacing makes your hand cramp, but 19mm was too thick and slow).

    Thanks in advance,

    Matt
  2. RedLeg

    RedLeg Supporting Member

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    I have a 6 on order from Chris Stambaugh. I too want fingerstyle/chord work and comfort while standing or sitting. I went with
    The ergonomics of the carvin xb76 (16.5 x 35 inch x 22 fret crammed into a 34 scale package)
    The neck of an MTD (asymmetrical, zero fret, in between ibanez and warwick in thickness)
    The fretboard of a Steve Bailey fender (9" - 14" compound)
    Finger ramp in 16" radius

    Those three instruments always stuck out to me as having awesome qualities. I chose accordingly.
  3. Matthew_84

    Matthew_84

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    Interesting to see a current three-way tie in string spacing between 16.5, 18, and 19mm - 35 voters so far.
  4. Hobobob

    Hobobob Don't feed the troll, folks. Supporting Member

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    17.5mm spacing at bridge (adjustable between 17 and 18 would be best), 14-16 inch radius, and not quite thin but definitely not thick neck. My Ibanez SR 6 string is just a little bit too small in pretty much every category, so my next instrument will have slightly larger dimensions.
  5. Matthew_84

    Matthew_84

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    You may want to look at a Ibanez BTB, but it is 35" scale with a flatter neck
  6. jay tay

    jay tay

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    My fretted six is 17.5 and fretless is 18, both are comfortable, and I like my boards flat, and necks thin... funny thing is I like thick necks and round boards on four strings?!
  7. Hobobob

    Hobobob Don't feed the troll, folks. Supporting Member

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    I have, just can't get over the look. I'd also prefer to stick with 34" scale.
  8. Matthew_84

    Matthew_84

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    That's funny. The SR's and BTB's have a pretty clear divide between them. I like how BTB's look... Can't get over the look of SR's, Lol.
  9. Matthew_84

    Matthew_84

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    I'm really surprised that 19mm string spacing is in the lead... I've never played a 19mm 6 string, but wouldn't that neck be massive? I couldn't imagine fretting the lowest string (low B) with my pinky.
  10. Wallace320

    Wallace320

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    If we're talkin' just 6 string fingerstyle, either playin' along or soloin' - neither slappin' nor pickin' - I'm for: less than 16mm string spacin', less than 12° radius and a definitely neutral neck profile

    Cheers,
    Wallace
  11. Wallace320

    Wallace320

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    +1
    I really think this to sound pretty normal

    Cheers,
    Wallace
  12. Wallace320

    Wallace320

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    I agree: try to figure Warwick's broadnecks out!

    Cheers,
    Wallace
  13. Matthew_84

    Matthew_84

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    LOL, the Broadneck's look massive!

    I'm starting to wonder how many voters voted for their preferred neck specs in general not reading the poll title and seeing that this is for 6 string basses... I definitely see wwhy people would voote for 19mm, but I have a hard time believing that that is the most preferred.
  14. kerrycares

    kerrycares

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    I love my Performance YB6.
    It feels like a Fender Deluxe/Sadowsky 6 string jazz bass.
    The Fender Steve Bailey 6 and Atelier Z 6 strings had a similar feel as well.
  15. Mktrat

    Mktrat Wait. What? Supporting Member

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    I have a fretless 6 with 20mm spacing and a dead flat board, and one with 16mm spacing and a 14in radius. I love them both.
    Go figure
  16. Randyt

    Randyt Supporting Member

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    all my FBASS's are:
    16.2mm
    17-22" radius
    mod-thin neck...nothing extreme
  17. steve_rolfeca

    steve_rolfeca Gold Supporting Member

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    I prefer smaller-radius fingerboards (compound radius starting from about 9 or 10" are tops), but it's less important to me than other factors.

    I'm as concerned about neck width at the nut, as I am about the bridge. If it's too narrow, it feels constricted and restricts my vibrato.

    Thin necks feel horrible to me, especially if they are D shaped, with a sharp shoulder. I'm not prone to RSI's, but if I was, a thin/flat neck carve would be the trigger.

    17-18mm is my favoured width at the bridge, simply because that's what I've been using for more than 20 years.
  18. mikezimmerman

    mikezimmerman Supporting Member

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    All of the 6's have owned had 19 or 20mm spacing, and pretty flat boards.
  19. SteveC

    SteveC Supporting Member

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  20. Hobobob

    Hobobob Don't feed the troll, folks. Supporting Member

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    Every time you get a six string, you turn around and sell it! Whaddya doin' postin' in here? :)

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